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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Gold Standard'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Standard
Hybridized by P. Banyai; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1976

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15 vendors have this plant for sale.

41 members have or want this plant for trade.

Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green
Dark Green
Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)
Golden Yellow
Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
1/8" - 1/4"
1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:
Near White
Pale Lavender

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5 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive anelson On Sep 19, 2014, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is indeed a plant which performs best when sited correctly. In cooler climates like mine in Northern Wisconsin, it really shines when given morning sun - the contrast between the center and border of the leaf is stunning! But, I can imagine that, in warm climates, afternoon sun would scorch it.

Positive wendymadre On Jun 5, 2009, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

My garden is situated in Petersburg, South Central Virginia, Zone 7. Because I've seen most hostas mainly in small pots for sale (I need to tour more shade gardens), I was surprised at the size that they attain after several years. I know that the information about their size is printed out on labels, but their lushness in the leaf is still a wonder. After all, not everything in my garden thrives or even survives. Gold Standard is a refreshing addition to my shade bed. A hosta breeder told me that there is a saying about hostas: "The first year they sleep, the second they creep, the third year they leap." Yep, Gold Standard is leaping, all right. Just lovely.

Neutral Gabrielle On Aug 22, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Burns easily. Blooms in July in my garden.

Positive Spookycharles On Apr 24, 2008, Spookycharles from Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

An absolutely gorgeous and vigorous hosta when properly sited.

I initially planted this variety with some of my other hostas in a location on the north side of the house that received some midday direct sun but which was overall fairly shady. In that location the leaves of the Gold Standard bleached and browned.

When I moved the plant back into a location that received only indirect sun it soon began growing new leaves. It has continued to grow very well in that lighting condition while retaining the variety's beautiful vibrant yellow coloring.

Positive lmelling On Jan 1, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased a 'gold standard' and planted it back in 2000 in my lower garden. For several years it did so-so in the area I had it in where it received partial sun but was planted in moist heavy clay and wasn't particularly happy. The foliage faded to a sickly goldish color in the sun.

I moved it to it's present location in spring of 2003 - rich loam and dappled sunlight part of the day - and it has gone crazy ever since. It's size has increased dramatically and coloration is outstanding. It brightens up the whole shade garden (see the photo). I didn't realize how beautiful this old cultivar is until I moved it to the shade! Now the centers stay a much richer light green with the darker margins and it will occasionally throw an odd varigation.

Positive Cheryl_IL On Apr 26, 2004, Cheryl_IL from (Zone 5b) wrote:

Gold Standard is one of my favorites for the way its leaves change color. It can have multiple shaded leaves at the same time. Sometimes it gets quite a bit of sun where I have it.

Neutral jody On Mar 4, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes to 42". Banyai 1976.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 30, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Size: (M) 24" x 15" - Leaves are small, oval to heart-shaped, green with a creamy-yellow margin. Prefers full shade to moderate sun. Flowers are purple. Grows very fast.

Neutral Greenwood On May 18, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

The leaf color changes over the growing season and is effected by the amount of sun it gets. It has a rapid growth to a medium-large mound at maturity.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Montgomery, Alabama
Paradise, California
Oxford, Connecticut
Bonifay, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Batavia, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Woodridge, Illinois
Newburgh, Indiana
Wichita, Kansas
Tompkinsville, Kentucky
Sumner, Maine
Lexington, Massachusetts
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Howell, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
South Lyon, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Young America, Minnesota
Lothair, Montana
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
Greenlawn, New York
Ithaca, New York
Schenectady, New York
Southold, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
West Alexandria, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Garland, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Linden, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Elma, Washington
Kirkland, Washington
Lea Hill, Washington
Mercer Island, Washington
Newport, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Buffalo, West Virginia
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Bowler, Wisconsin
Brillion, Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2 reports)
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin

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